A bit of vegan food porn.

I’ve been in Barcelona this past weekend with some wonderful friends, eating amazing food. My friends aren’t vegetarian but indulged me in picking the eateries on the first day. Vegan fast food heaven, Cafe Gopal, was hit up after a few beers for a sausage sandwich and nachos. It must have opened my friends’ eyes to just how tasty vegan food can be as they let me pick Teresa Carles for the evening meal; a meal so good we went back. It is highly recommended for anyone visiting Barca, whether meat-eater or herbivore.

Rolls RawceThis was my main on the first night, a delight of raw cucumber rolls that were incredibly flavoursome and the right level of filling.

CakeMy dessert was the sole reason I wanted to eat at the place; vegan white chocolate topping. Heavenly. The nut cake was matched against the chocolate and fruit dressing. It felt healthy and perfectly rounded the meal.

A 3 course meal with cava (shared between three), came to 25 euros each. Just off the tourist traps on Las Ramblas and a short walk from a cluster of Modern-styled bars with great mojitos, it was perfect for our break. It also inspired me to be a bit more enthusiatic with my cooking when I returned home.

home cooked foodNot quite on the same level of taste and presentation, this is my attempt at my own recipe. We have a glut of yellow courgettes at the allotment right now. They are super tasty, stuffed with mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic and pesto.  Baked in the oven with nutritional yeast topped on them and served with blanched spinach and chard. The chard came from a neighbouring allotment plot so it was cheap and tasty. I have work to do on the vegan cooking; a lot. My poor son has become my inadvertent tester for getting vegan Yorkshire puddings right. Tonight was a fair disaster on that front but I will figure out how to get a passable pud without the eggs.

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